Increased Enforcement of Remote Work Requirements

Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced an effort to increase enforcement of the MIOSHA COVID-19 Emergency Rules on remote work. A special MIOSHA enforcement effort will begin next week focusing on the requirement that employer COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plans contain policies prohibiting in-person work to the extent that work activities can feasibly be completed remotely. This enforcement effort is focused on office spaces and retail locations, though given the current trends in community transmission of the virus, it seems likely that the enforcement effort will be expanded to additional industries.

A special enforcement effort means that there will be more spot inspections at office locations. MIOSHA inspectors, instead of acting on a complaint before investigating in person, will begin visiting locations unannounced.

MMA members are urged to review their COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plans and ensure that policies regarding remote work are in compliance with the Emergency Rules.

For more information, please contact:

Mike Johnston
MMA Vice President
of Government Affairs

Call 517-487-8554

David Q. Worthams

David Q. Worthams
MMA Director of
Human Resource Policy

Call 517-487-8511

New & Notable

Senate Panel Moves MMA-Driven
Pandemic PPT Fix

This afternoon, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously reported Senate Bill 1203 (Senator Jim Runestad, R-White Lake), which would address the new challenge of tracking personal property such as laptops, monitors and printers with many employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MMA Vice President of Government Affairs Mike Johnston testified in support of this MMA-driven solution that will avoid an administrative nightmare with Personal Property Tax (PPT) filings by establishing that all personal property is assumed to be in its original location as it was on tax day, 12/31/19.

Stay Up-to-Date and In Compliance
With COVID-19 Orders

Last week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a new COVID–19 Epidemic Order building upon earlier mandates on face masks and limitations on gatherings.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also issued revised guidelines for when a person an return to the workplace after being diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19.

Resources for Manufacturers

Stay updated and compliant with the many changes imposed over the last few weeks. Find state, federal and member resources on MMA’s COVID-19 Resources.

Please continue to reach out to the MMA team with questions.